Academy award nominee to appear at APP

The Pharmacy Guild has announced that award-winning screenwriter and novelist and Academy Award nominee for Hollywood blockbuster Lion, Luke Davies, is set to appear at APP2020.

Mr Davies will be speaking at the conference on Wednesday 18 March. In his presentation, which will follow on from an interactive workshop on harm minimisation, Mr Davies will recount his remarkable story of reliance on heroin, his subsequent treatments including buprenorphine, and what led him to Hollywood success.

Mr Davies’ novels include God of Speed and Totem, which won the Age Book of the Year Award. However, it was his book Candy, an autobiographical account of how he lived through his 20s addicted to heroin, that really got people interested in his personal story.

He later adapted Candy for the screen in which Heath Ledger starred. After Heath’s death his father, Kim Ledger, was instrumental in activating the RTPM system.

Workshop facilitator and owner of a pharmacy active in the opioid replacement therapies (ORT) program, Angelo Pricolo is delighted with the addition of Mr Davies to the Wednesday afternoon program and is keen for pharmacists to hear Mr Davies’ story.

“Luke was able to get out of the downward spiral in part by the relationship he maintained with his community pharmacist,” Angelo said.

Candy, the book that became the hit movie starring Heath Ledger, was his autobiographical account of heroin addiction. A pharmacy opioid replacement program helped turn his life around”. 

“This first-hand account of how pharmacists are assisting patients in the ORT program is a warm-hearted reminder of the role of community pharmacy in this field”.

Mr Davies is also a screenwriter, whose film and television credits include Lion, Beautiful Boy and Catch-22. He was nominated for an Oscar, and won the BAFTA, for Best Adapted Screenplay for Lion.

Mr Davies’ session will take place on the Wednesday afternoon from 4.30pm and is open to all delegates. It will be preceded by the harm minimisation workshop, which will feature leading addiction specialists,
doctors and pharmacists who will discuss the current trends and thinking to enable pharmacies to be better prepared to respond to the demands of the new decade.


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